About The Blogger

My name is Tammy Lim and I am an award winning blogger from Top 10 Malaysia Magazine and Cleo Malaysia Magazine. I have been blogging since 2008 and I am also the founder of a local Malaysian beauty & lifestyle community called The Butterfly Project. People often tell me that I'm a wonder woman, but in reality - if it's something you love, you can do wonders.

When I'm not wondering, I'll be on my computer searching for the next fountain of youth or hunting down a fantastic deal. I'm also a shopaholic, wanderluster, spa enthusiast and proud hipster who loves planning special occasions and surprises for her loved ones.
  • Top 10 Female Bloggers in Malaysia Award
  • Cleo's Next Top Blogger Malaysia Award
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia

  • My Mandara Spa Club Med Cherating Review


    Planning a trip to Club Med Cherating?

    I took a short vacay at the end of September to accompany my bff Leonard to Club Med Cherating. He booked a 3D2N stay here and who did he asked? MEEEEE (yay!!! thank u Samanku Jones). Of course, for a month I was planning on what to do, what to see, before our road trip down to Kuantan. I specifically told Leonard, I ain't going to bungee jump or sky dive or do anything like that. My main aim is to relax, relax and relax. 

    Me at Mandara Spa, Sunway Hotel

    one of the luxury spas around the world

    they're well known for their Balinese Massage

    I am a spa-tacular person SO I KNEW MANDARA SPA is going to be the thing to try at Club Med Cherating. I've been to the Mandara Spa in Sunway a few times so I was really curious how the one at Club Med's would fare. I'll talk about Club Med Cherating some other time because today it's all going to be about my experience at Mandara Spa.

    About Mandara Spa
    Our journey began on the spiritual island of Bali, where we discovered a true reverence for the healing arts. In Bali, this knowledge is passed down from generation to generation, from mother to daughter, from father to son, and as such is deeply entwined in the Balinese way of life. Combining this rich knowledge and spirit of generosity with European techniques, Mandara offers each guest the ultimate luxuriously healing experience.

    Today, Mandara Spas can be found in diverse locations around the world. Every Mandara Spa experience is completely unique, because we honor the diversity of the culture we are immersed in as well as the Balinese traditions from our past. It is our promise that while no two Mandara Spas are identical, you will recognize us from our commitment to your ultimate satisfaction, our belief in the healing arts and the spirit of generosity from which we perform your service. Namaste. 

    Leonard brought his Entertainer Malaysia 2016 book along
    (I have the app which I paid for a year's subscription)

    First, I told Leonard we must check our Entertainer booklet to see if there's a Buy 1 Free 1 offer on Mandara Spa here so we can share 1/2 1/2 on the best treatments / packages. We flip and flip and saw there was Mandara Spa offers, three in fact for three different treatments.
    • Balinese Massage (80mins)
    • Frangipani Body Glow
    • Muscle Massage (50mins)
    I wasn't interested in the muscle massage, so we decided to book the Balinese Massage and Frangipani Body Glow (FBG) for the first two days. The FBG is something I haven't tried yet and the package is for 2 hours RM695 pretty pricey to pay per person if we weren't sharing the Buy 1 Free 1 offer from Entertainer book. Here's what the treatment says:

    Balinese Massage 1 hr 20 mins RM465 | 50 mins RM320
    Our most relaxing massage, harnessing the therapeutic properties of 100% pure essential oils. Used for centuries to renew, strengthen and heal both body and mind, this traditional therapy combines stretching, long strokes, skin rolling and palm and thumb pressure techniques to relieve tension, improve blood flow, ease stress and calm the mind. It can also help to improve the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular and nervous systems. For jetlag recovery, choose our Tranquility massage oil blend.

    Frangipani Body Glow 2 hrs RM695
    Entire your body to an exfoliation with a difference. Warmed oils drizzled over your body ~ sumptuous Elemis Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow massaged into the skin to slough away dryness ~ shower ~ embalm the body with Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Oil ~ receive a relaxing scalp massage and a mini facial whilst wrapped in the fragrant cocoon ~ Balinese Massage.

    checking in Club Med Cherating

    our room view overlooking the South China Sea

    After several hours on the road to Kuantan, we finally reach Club Med Cherating. Leonard check-in and we hurried to see our room, the view was beautiful but we thought it would be bigger just like how the website portrayed it. Nevermind, so I told Leonard to let's hurry to find the spa first!

    welcome to the ultimate luxurious healing experience

    The spa was situated right after the swimming pools and we stared at the board that says "Club Med Spa" (definitely Mandara Spa). One has to cross this beautiful bridge overlooking lush greenery to get to the spa. Leonard and I giggle like two school girls walking down this bridge. The exteriors and interiors were Balinese, you can spot elements of it here and there that reminds you of the beautiful island, Bali.

    I took a stroll around the spacious spa garden and was surprised there is only 6 villas here. 3 single villas with shower and 3 double villas (for couples) with outdoor shower and bath. The double villas had the most beautiful views, overlooking the South China Sea.
    Situated overlooking the South China Sea, Club Med Cherating Beach is a stunning tropical paradise nestled amidst 200 acres of lush parkland. Beautiful beaches stretch for miles both north and south. The property lives up to Club Med’s great reputation of providing guests with an endless array of activities. Club Med Spa Village offers two double Spa Suites with outdoor shower and bath, one double and three single Villas with shower. At the Tranquility Centre, a Spa Boutique, Spa Reception and manicure and pedicure area completes the must-have guest experience.

    shhh.... don't disturb the peace

    Mandara Spa lounge

    guests are treated to cool icy towels & ginger tea

    signing in our attendance

    4 types of essential oils to choose from
    (I selected the Mandara Oil for my Balinese Massage)

      Silvina Maryan Basos, the spa manager
    (explaining to us how the FBG treatment works)

    the products used in Frangipani Body Glow

    the spa villas were a few minutes walk away from the reception

    this is where I'll be having my treatment

    it's surrounded by a lush garden

    the room was filled with a relaxing candle scent

    when I first step into my villa, I went omg omg...
    (and then I saw the South China Sea view)

    The spa manager, Silvina was welcoming and took the time to explain to us how the Frangipani Body Glow treatment before we start our treatments. It was a three-part treatment, starting with the Elemis Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow coupled with essential oils, massaged into our skin to slough off dead skin. A coconut husk brush was used to aid exfoliation. I didn't quite like the harsh brush, it was painful at one point.

    After the scrub, I went for a shower and came back to a newly made bed. It was time to wrap my body with the Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Oil a luxurious oil that would soften and make my skin glow with suppleness. I was surprised at this point that I receive a scalp massage and a mini facial while being wrapped in the fragrant cocoon.

    Truth be told, I hated waiting during body wraps so this was truly an added bonus to why one should take up this treatment. The scalp massage was heavenly as my masseuse who had over 5 years of experience in hotel spas kneaded away the headache that was bothering me. She used a refreshing cooling gel from the Elemis collection (UK Brand). Later on, me and Leonard each purchase this gel to bring back home (such shopaholics, go vacay also can shopping).

    Our session ended with a relaxing Balinese Massage, to which I fell asleep under the skillful hands of my masseuse. I highly recommend their Balinese Massage for those who's stress and constantly having headaches. This type of massage helps to relieve tension, improve blood circulation, reduce stress and brings peace to your mind, body, and soul.

    Mandara Spa uses 100% pure essential oils to massage your body. The massage techniques is a combination of light gently stretches, long strokes, skin rolling, palm and thumb pressure points. The intensity can be low, medium or strong. I asked for medium strength as I could not take "pain" haha. I also asked to concentrate on my shoulder areas, where most of my stress is located.

    When I awoke, I could see the sun setting from the window. My head was light as a feather and my body was well taken care of. I could float if I want to. When I looked into the mirror, my hair was in a mess (hahaha) but I smell great and my skin was glowing and soft. I felt like I could put on a bikini and go for a photo shoot right away (feel so sexy haha).

    I think this FBG treatment is perfect after a day or two at the beach because your skin would be crying for some lovin' then. I would do this again if I could. We didn't have enough $$$ to buy a third treatment on our last day after shopping at their Spa Boutique where we bought the refreshing cooling gels and massage oils (oh my pocket).

    it's almost sunset now

    This concludes my review on Mandara Spa experience at Club Med Cherating. I wouldn't have been able to maximize my stay if it wasn't for my Entertainer Malaysia 2016 Buy 1 Free 1 offer where I shared with my BFF, Leonard. We shared 1/2 of the bill for two days of spa here.

    The Entertainer is also available as an app (android/iOS), which I find more convenient than bringing a book around. I have been a customer since 2015 (not sponsored by them).

    The Entertainer has over 855 Buy 1 Get 1 Free offers for dining, leisure, beauty & fitness in Malaysia and hotels worldwide. What impressed me the most was the offers are for the best restaurants, upmarket bars, casual restaurants, attractions, leisure activities, spas, beauty, fitness and much more. 

    Last week, I renewed my subscription for 2017 at only RM75 (A SUPER DEAL!) and I can't wait to see what happens in 2017. I'll share more about the places I discover using the offers. After all, sharing is caring, right? Especially when we're all bargain kings and queens.

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